Week 5 Thing 11: LibraryThing

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My recent books added to LibraryThing. Because this list will get updated as I add new books, I want to take a moment to recommend two of these books.

Take Back Your Life: Using Microsoft Outlook to Get and Stay Organized

This is the book I have been reading for a few months, and I have to say it has made a huge difference in how organized hyperorganized I am and how productive I am. As the title says this book shows you how to use all the bells and whistles of Outlook for time management and project management. The key point that this book makes is that the majority of your time should be spent on Meaningful Objectives. After all, none of us will ever have enough time to do everything. So you have to decide what is important to you and then do things that relate to that. I actually took a week and did some of the exercises in the book and typed up a list of my meaningful objectives. Now when I am asked if I can do something, I take a look at, or think about, my meaningful objectives to make sure that what I am being asked to do will contribute to those in some way. This won’t work for everybody, but if you are the kind of person who likes to put things in writing and want to learn more about Outlook this book is for you!

Never Check E-Mail In the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work

This book by organization queen, Julie Morgenstern, will give you some strategies to deal with your full inbox. Her biggest tip, as the title of the book says, never check e-mail in the morning. Instead spend the first few hours of the day being productive before you let e-mail take you hostage. For most of us, this rule is impractical at best. But Morgenstern gives some alternatives, such as: check your e-mail in the morning but only to see if anything urgent is in your inbox. Then close your e-mail and only check it every two hours.

This tip is one of the hardest to do, but on days when I don’t leave Outlook open and only check e-mail two or three times in a day, I get a lot more accomplished. Most of the time I do leave Outlook open, but I have turned off all the new message notifiers which I find to be distracting.

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About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.

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